By Mark Lawrence
Hailed as "epic fable on a George R. R. Martin scale, yet on speed" (Fixed on Fantasy), the damaged Empire trilogy brought a daring new global of darkish myth with the tale of Jorg Ancrath's devastating upward thrust to energy. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the damaged Empire with the story of a much less formidable prince...
The purple Queen is previous however the kings of the damaged Empire dread her like no different. For all her reign, she has fought the lengthy warfare, contested in mystery, opposed to the powers that stand in the back of international locations, for better stakes than land or gold. Her maximum weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by way of such a lot and unstated of by way of all.
The crimson Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is person who can see The Silent Sister. 10th in line for the throne and content material along with his position as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone isn't there. yet warfare is coming. Witnesses declare an undead military is at the march, and the crimson Queen has referred to as on her relatives to safeguard the world. Jal thinks it's all a rumor—nothing that might impact him—but he's wrong.
After escaping a demise seize set by means of the Silent Sister, Jal unearths his destiny magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. because the adopt a trip around the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave hazards, prepared ladies, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath alongside the best way, Jalan progressively catches a glimmer of the reality: he and the Norseman are yet items in a online game, a part of a chain of strikes within the lengthy war—and the pink Queen controls the board.